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“Driving over the Trent Bridge at Sunset!” – Friday night Art Crawl The second Friday of every month, New Bern area artists come out of the woodwork. Musicians, poets, sculptors, and painters alike come together at various downtown venues to spread the creative vibe.
Spunky McDougal’s on the 17th It’s St. Patty’s Day every month at Spunky’s.
The annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla because there’s no parade like a boat parade. The night lights up on the river front every year, decking downtown’s ‘halls’ and spreading lots of cheer.
The Carolina Colours award winning golf course Recently voted one of the top 50 courses in the state, golfers and aspiring golfers will want to add a game or two to the list.
A climb to the top of a 100ft sand dune at Fort Macon State Park. Everywhere you look is ocean. It’s chilling. And beautiful.
“The Tryon Palace Christmas Candlelight Tour takes you back to an 1800s Christmas.” – Ed Kearney
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a three-day Rockin on the Rivers concert every year. The Marshall Tucker Band and Bryan Mayer stole the show this year!
Eat Like a Local
The Chelsea Restoration is the ambience here. Originally (circa 1912), the building was a drug store owned by the man who invented Pepsi-Cola, Caleb Bradham. The Chelsea moved in 1991, shifting the nature of the building’s fame to the wafting goodness of The Chelsea’s New American cuisine. thechelsea.com
Persimmon’s is a locally-owned, waterfront delight that pleases the senses even beyond the all-important palate. They’re famous for their ‘casually’ fine dining, offering artisan dishes in a relaxed atmosphere (including outdoor seating) and all the fresh, local, sustainable ingredients one could ask for. persimmonsrestaurant.net
Captain Ratty’s – If you’re looking for seafood, Captain Ratty’s is the place. And they’ve got plenty of turf options to go with the surf. After all, crab cakes and rib eye belong together. captainrattys.com
Morgan’s Tavern and Grill – Good food, great people, and wonderful atmosphere. Morgan’s offers a casual dining experience you can count on. morganstavernnewbern.com
Two Rivers Run Through It… New Bern in all its charm and glory
Apparently, a lot happens when two rivers converge in the South.
The city of New Bern was born and raised where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet (a hop and a skip from the Crystal Coast). It grew, through the years, into a charming-Southern-town meets New-England-village kind of place with a palace (yes, a palace!) just around the corner. A two-mile river walk stretches around the banks of the confluence in downtown New Bern and leads to one of the most touristed spots on the East Coast, the Tryon Palace (a mansion built for the first royal Governor of North Carolina in the 1760s). Depending on the time of day, river walk travelers can enjoy a 21st century, Homer-esque view of sailors, paddlers, and boaters along the way.
A well-preserved downtown is bustling with farmers’ markets, a convention center, marina, history center, and too many shops, cafes, and fresh-off-the-boat seafood restaurants to count.
Ed Kearney, Carolina Colours resident, says that while there’s a lot to choose from, he knows what he likes where food is concerned, and he’s not shy about sharing.
“Baker’s Kitchen (in downtown New Bern) has the best breakfast in town, hands down,” Kearney said. As for lunch and dinner spots, rather than narrow it down to the impossible one, he sent a list of his favorites. Here you go!
“”The Tryon Palace Christmas Candlelight Tour takes you back to an 1800s Christmas. It’s one of kind.””